Rip It or Ship It!

Goooood morning and welcome to the newest segment on my blog: Rip it, or ship it! I’ve never done this before, so I’m really excited! I asked for submissions on my Instagram page a few weeks ago, and now I’m writing my post. First up, Kylo Ren and Rey.

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Kylo Ren & Rey (Star Wars)

So I’ll be up front and say that I’m not the biggest Star Wars fan; however, I do know and have seen enough to be able to rip or ship Kylo and Rey. That’s a total ship from me! I am a sucker for the enemies-to-lovers trope and these two are as swoony as they come.

Jacob & Bella (Twilight)

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Honestly, ship it. I was never a huge fan of Edward and I think Bella would have been just as happy with Jacob. Now, I’m not the biggest fan of Twilight anyway; I tend to watch the movies just to make fun of them anyway. But Robert Pattinson has got nothing on Taylor Lautner. Like I’m sorry, there’s no competition for me.

Chuck & Blair (Gossip Girl)

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Ship. It. I love them so much. Were they a little dysfunctional? Yes, definitely, absolutely, at times. But in the end, they love each other more than 90% of the TV couples out there and I will ship them until the end of days. It got to the point where I only watched Gossip Girl for these two because everyone else sucked.

Lorcan & Cassian (Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses)

The person who submitted these two were obviously trying to mess with me, but I’ll humor them. Rip it. Absolutely not. Never in a thousand years. Nope. Also I think Lorcan would murder Cassian; but that’s just my opinion.

Doug & Tracy (Christy Miller series)

Ship it! That one random book where Doug and Christy were dating was really awkward, so I was really glad when Doug and Tracy came to their senses. No photos of these love bird but rest assured, they are precious.

Aelin & Feyre (Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses

Y’all are killing me. Le sigh. Something tells me that Feyre may be on board with this match because she’s into strong and sassy, but I don’t think Aelin would be into it. Rip it. 

Kaz & Chaol (Six of Crows and Throne of Glass)

Who even thought to match these two up? I feel like I gotta rip it since it’s kind of difficult to ship anyone with Kaz, particularly a drama queen like Chaol. No disrespect Chaol, but you know it’s true.

Hiccup & Cress (How To Train Your Dragon and The Lunar Chronicles)

This is such a strange pairing, but I could actually see it working. Both are quirky and adorable enough to make me ship it.

Michael Scott & Donna Noble (The Office and Doctor Who)

To the person who submitted this pair (you know who you are)… what is wrong with you? I’m dead. To be honest, I wouldn’t ship anyone with Michael ever, not unless you’re name is Holly Flax. Although it’s hilarious that Catherine Tate (Donna Noble) also played in The Office, although not really alongside Steve Carell. No matter. That’s a big fat rip it from me.

The Darkling & Levana (Shadow and Bone and The Lunar Chronicles)

Huh, this one is actually making me stop and think. Two psychotic characters who have deluded themselves into believing that they’re doing right? I mean, it just might work? Right? I might actually ship it?

John Ambrose McClaren & America Singer (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and The Selection

While I definitely wish absolute happiness for that precious cinnamon roll John Ambrose, I wouldn’t ship anyone with America Singer because she sucks. Rip it.

Carswell Thorne & Nina Zenik (The Lunar Chronicles and Six of Crows)

This is another one that’s making me stop and think. They’re both strong and sassy characters, but I tend to think that opposites attract. So maybe they’d be too alike? I think I’ll rip it for now. But my mind could be changed.

That’s the last of the submissions! This was a lot of fun and I look forward to doing this again. This may have been more the ravings of a fan girl rather than the intelligent musings of a book lover, but that’s okay sometimes right?

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BOOK REVIEW: Sarah J Maas “Tower of Dawn”

22016302_1813523355344414_1272837128_nTitle: Tower of Dawn

Author: Sarah J Maas

Genre: Fantasy

My rating: 3.5/5 stars

 

Disclaimer: possible spoilers from previous books in the Throne of Glass series and Tower of Dawn. Proceed with caution. 

When Sarah J Maas revealed that she was going to be writing an entire book about Chaol and that we’d have to wait another year for the final Throne of Glass installment, many were unhappy. I didn’t realize this until recently, but Chaol is a very controversial character apparently. There’s a large population of the community that dislikes Chaol, but I really hope that this book changed their minds.

Tower of Dawn is a parallel novel to the last Throne of Glass book, Empire of Storms. Many noticed that Chaol sort of fell off the face of the earth and wondered where he had gone. Well, this book follows him and Nesryn and tells that story.

Chaol is chair-bound, unable to walk due to the events that occurred at the glass castle. Now he travels to Antica for two reasons: to convince the nobles to join their cause and fight, and to find someone to heal him. They send him one of their best healers, Yrene, but unfortunately she holds a grudge toward Ardalan and hence, toward Chaol.

My thoughts:

This book was boring. I hate to say that of a Maas novel, but it’s true. This 600+ page book could have been easily condensed and it still would have been enjoyable. It’s a fine story: one of redemption and love, and the end was very heartwarming, if not a little predictable.

Chaol and Nesryn’s relationship never really made sense to me, and I don’t really understand why they kept acting like they were together or why others treated them as such. They never showed any affection and while they both seemed to care for each other, it was obviously not romantic.

In fact, I think Maas should have just left Nesryn out of this book. I did not like her. I didn’t like the little side-quest she went on and I just didn’t care about anything she did. The only good that came from her POV in the story was some new interesting information that came to light concerning the Valg kings and Queen Maeve.

I enjoyed reading about Chaol’s journey to recovery and seeing his relationship with Yrene develop. I also thought it was good to see Chaol unload some of his emotional baggage too, and now I enjoy his character all the more. Chaol has always been a great character, and while I thought he was sometimes irritating, I liked having him around. Now he’s got a new lady-thing and it’s made him a lot nicer. Good job, Yrene.

One of the things I appreciate about Chaol is that he had so much admiration for Yrene. His love for her wasn’t born from mere attraction, or because she was healing him. He saw how strong and powerful she was, and it didn’t freak him out like it did with Aelin.

I thought this book was fine. Would I have preferred to read the last Throne of Glass book instead? Yes. But this was fine, too. It’s definitely not my favorite Maas book, but I’ll get over it. I do think this would have done better as a short novella rather than this ginormous book.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear what others thought of this book, and what you think of Chaol Westfall.

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